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We had the pleasure to host a book event 'Hearts & minds' and its prominent author Vincent N. Parrillo at Christopher Newport University on September 27th.

This book is a comparative, qualitative research study of an educational phenomenon still functioning worldwide: Hizmet. Dr. Parrillo and Dr. Ansari present a cross-cultural study of Hizmet schools in seven countries of varying histories and ethnic compositions. Some are fairly homogeneous, while others are longstanding multicultural, multiracial societies. Some have Muslim-majority populations, others a small Muslim minority. Through hundreds of interviews with students, parents, staff, and financial supporters, the authors explored individual perceptions and experiences, as well as the triad of student/parent/school interaction. Analyzing the commonality of the schools' structures and processes in different settings, they offer their insights about the schools' success in achieving their twin goals of offering quality education and promoting interethnic harmony.
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Along with a member of PICC, RumiFA had the pleasure of attending the CLIMATE REVIVAL event organized by Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Rev. Jim Antal. Problems related to climate have been discussed in detail. Prayers were offered. Everyone pledged to work toward the betterment of the climate.
We thank Mark Hoggard and other members of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for such an informative and important event.
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We are warmly hosted by Unity Williamsburg for marking the World Day of Prayer on September 8th along with other faith groups.
We thank the Church and Rev. Ginny Roll for the hospitality.
Dr. Islam Bedir has offered prayers on behalf of the Rumi Community.
We look forward to meeting all our friends again.
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Happy Labors Day!

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Happy Labors Day!


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Local Heroes Mercy Chef

We show our respect to Local Heroes  Mercy Chef.

We would like to cover one week’s worth of 450 meals for local citizen homeless for Chief Heroes. We feel that during Ramadan, it is more meaningful.
As Rumi Friendship Association we are always ready to cooperate in local community programs with Chief Heroes and other non-profit organizations.

Keep building bridges through the Dialogue.

More activities coming soon…
#charity #sharingiscaring #wearetogether #ramadan

Happy National Day Of Prayer!

It was a most blessed evening.
A very big thank to community faith leaders.

Dr Ali Omar, Peninsula Islamic Community Center, Hampton
Pastor David S. Kays, Virginia Beach Christian Church, Virginia Beach
Rabbi Israel Zoberman Temple Lev Tikva, Virginia Beach
Pastor Natalie Chamberlain, Hilton Christian Church , Newport News
Bahadir Ali , Rumi Friendship Association, York Town

Let’s build bridges through dialogue❤️

 We wish you & your families a Happy Ramadan,
the month of charity & giving.In the spirit of Ramadan,
we invite everyone to serve their communities.
Let’s build bridges through dialogue❤️

Multi Faith Supplication

Dear friends,
Shalom, Salaam, Peace;
We are going into a new phase in our lives with the new COVID 19 pandemic. We are
praying for all friends, neighbors and people around the world especially the medical
staff and first responders who are in the front line risking their own lives.

We can made positive difference in our community.

 Homemade face masks ready to donate in case needed.

We want to encourage and we would like take our role what it comes from our hand to help our community. Our volunteers are sewing homemade face masks to be donated to those providing essential services to the community during the corona-virus pandemic.
We would like to increase awareness in these unfortunate times.

We can made positive difference in our community. 

 Big Thanks to Mercy Chefs for awesome work for our community.

We can work together to fight against Covid 19. Our volunteers are working as volunteer organizations.Thanks mercy chefs doing awesome for our community.

We can made positive difference in our community.

 We Love Our Neighbors more in a time of corona-virus.

As Self-isolation increases we need to find new ways to stay connected and check in on one another for our physical and mental wellbeing. Share phone numbers and stay in touch with your neighbors.

We can made positive difference in our community.

 A coffee Lovers’ Night

Rumi FA has organized its first Brewing Turkish Coffee night. All attends enjoyed.  All we need is a Love…

Iftar at William and Mary Wesley Campus Ministry

Rumi FA has organized its first Iftar Dinner in Williamsburg. Students and community joined in Iftar Dinner hosted by William and Mary Wesley Campus Ministry. Despite the last final days of the academic year, many students turned out.

Iftar with Crescent Community

On Thursday, May 9th, an Iftar Dinner gathered Turkish and Crescent communities. a crowd of almost 100 men and women enjoyed the different cuisines and a warm fellowship.

Panel Discussion

Hampton Diversity College concentrates on increasing knowledge on the value of diversity, unity, and inclusion in our communities and April 5th  was no different! Rumi FA was one of the panelists where speakers shared their personal practice and experiences along with some exciting activities.

Up Coming Events



Erdal Yilmaz  MA, Licensed Counselor

Reyhane Daglar, MSW

Alex Miles, LAC

Adaptation Focus
Live Stream
September 6 Sunday

Reflection Talk Series Trust in Allah

Tawakkul Trust in Allah
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How to stay positive and trust in Allah in difficult times.
Speaker Dr M’Hammed Abdous

Fall Harvest Tea Party Crafting Quilling

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Online Social Gathering

Art and Craft Theme Fall Harvest Party

Rumi Talk Series
Pastor Natalie Chamberlain Hilton Christian Church, Newport News
Dr Semiha Topal William & Mary University, Williamsburg

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Who was the Virgin Mary?

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Traditional Noah’s Pudding Cooking Class
Cooking class by 

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 Ashure (Noah’s Pudding) is made in large quantities to commemorate the ark’s landing and is distributed to friends, relatives, neighbors, colleagues, classmates, and others, without regard to the recipient’s religion or belief system as an offering of peace and love.

Everybody Welcome to Join National Soup Day

Join us 28 Friday, February 2020 at 2-4 pm at 6024 E. Virginia Beach Blvd Norfolk

Every Month unique soups by chef Bayram

Baklava and Kisir Cooking Class
Cooking class by Melissa

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Have joy any eat baklava and kisir, meet new friends, learn how to make baklava

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Abraham is considered the father of the three monotheistic faiths in the world, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

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Abraham is considered the father of the three monotheistic faiths in the world, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In the spirit of dialogue and in honor Abraham, the Rumi Friendship Association regularly hosts a panel program that brings community leaders and clergy from the three Abrahamic faiths to engage in a dialogue about the commonalities of and common issues concerning the Abrahamic communities.

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